AHF Grants to Defend the South Coast’s Heritage

New AHF grants for two projects in the south east of England will help to revitalise historic buildings related to our military defences and from the heyday of the British seaside resort. 

Saltdean Lido, near Brighton, is one of only three surviving seaside lidos in England and has been described as architecturally the finest. Grade II* listed, it is on the national Heritage at Risk Register. Phase 1 of a major restoration project is well underway, led by a newly-established community interest company. An AHF Project Development Grant will support a fundraising consultant to help raise the partnership funding required for a Round 2 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Heritage Enterprise programme. 

No. 2 Battery in Gosport, Hampshire, is a "Palmerston's Folly", built in c.1861 to protect Portsmouth's Naval Dockyard. In military use until the end of World War II, it also served as a nuclear bunker before being vacated over 25 years ago. The building is now partly occupied on a temporary basis by a diving museum. Our grant to the Historical Diving Society will help to test whether it will be viable to expand the museum into disused areas and open as a permanent visitor attraction.

Here is the full list of grant awards in the first two months of 2016 (7 grants totalling £23,380):

Project Development Grants:
•    Cardigan BPT for Cardigan Market Hall, Ceredigion (£4,950)
•    Saltdean Lido CIC for Saltdean Lido, East Sussex (£5,000)

Project Viability Grants:
•    The Historical Diving Society for No. 2 Battery, Gosport, Hampshire (£2,430)
•    Re:source Blackburn for the former Cotton Exchange, Blackburn (£3,000)
•    The Cross Keys Community Society Ltd. for the Cross Keys Inn, Kinnerley, Shropshire (£2,000)
•    Friends of Anfield CIO for the South Chapel, Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool (£3,000)
•    Chadderton Together CIO for Foxdenton Hall, Oldham (£3,000)